Visual Magnetics recently exhibited their revolutionary graphic system at the Association for Retail Environments’ (A.R.E.) Retail Design Collective in New York City. The A.R.E. annual event provides a chance for retailers to see the latest visual and design resources in a showroom setting. Malcolm Grear Designers worked with Visual Magnetics to create the exhibition's unique look and feel.Read More
In celebration of MIT's 150th Anniversary, the MIT150 Exhibition opened to the public on Saturday, January 8, 2011 at the MIT Museum in Cambridge, MA. This highly anticipated exhibition showcases 150 objects and/or events from the university's long and influential history.
The range of objects, as well as how they are displayed, offers a fresh and intimate view into MIT and demonstrates the interwoven nature of its campus and programs. “Everywhere you turn in the exhibition there is some cool piece of history — some big, some small; some expected, some unexpected,’’ says Deborah Douglas, the museum’s curator of science and technology. “You’ll really get a sense of the impact of this institution on the nation and the world.’’
The exhibition, designed by Malcolm Grear Designers (MGD), is celebratory and energetic. The broad span of objects is thoughtfully organized into 10 themes: "Pioneering MIT," "Problem-Solving MIT," "Bionic MIT," "Uniquely MIT," and so on. MGD developed a system of color and typographic treatments to distinguish each theme, and as visitors enter the first gallery of the exhibition, they are drawn in by lively introductions to each of the themed sections. Included in this gallery is one of the most popular items in the show, the Baker House Piano Drop (aptly part of the "Uniquely MIT" section) which displays the actual remains of the most recent piano to be thrust from the roof of MIT's Baker House within the context of previous "drops" (see this item here and see video of the drop here).
"Malcolm Grear Designers did an extraordinary job designing this exhibition," added Douglas. "The team succeeded magnificently, making a tremendous variety and quantity of artifacts come alive with the extravagant use of color and graphics. They 'got' the concept by listening carefully to the myriad stories associated with the objects and the Institution. Instead of relying on CAD drawings, they built a 3-D model which proved efficient for design and effective for introducing the entire museum staff to the concept. We could not be more pleased with the results."
Malcolm Grear Designers also created the visual identity for the exhibition which is designed to communicate both the informal, inventive spirit of MIT as well as speak to MIT's formal, historic significance. In addition, MGD developed the look and feel of the MIT150 website which provides various views and more in-depth information on each object in the exhibition.
The following are links to press coverage and related items:
MIT Museum's 150 Exhibition Twitter pageMIT and the Art of Innovation, The Economist MIT Celebrates 150 Years of Smartness, Network World Innovation, Science, and the Next American Breakthroughs, "On Point with Tom Ashbrook," WBUR/NPR MIT Rolls Out Amazing Artifacts for 150th Birthday, Reuters A Century and a Half of What Nerds Wrought, The Wall Street Journal 150 Years Of Weird, World-Changing Innovation, WBUR MIT Museum Opens 150th Anniversary Exhibition: A Few Items of Entrepreneurial Note, Xconomy Smoots, Smashed Pianos and More: MIT 150+ Exhibit Opens, Nature.com MIT Exhibition, mit.edu 150 Exhibition, mit.edu
The David Winton Bell Gallery's latest exhibition entitled Views and Re-Views: Soviet Political Posters and Cartoons, is both a powerful and timely one.
Selected from an extensive private collection of 20th century Soviet propaganda art, the exhibition includes more than 150 images. Co-curated by Abbott Gleason (Keeney Professor of History Emeritus), and Jo-Ann Conklin (director of the David Winton Bell Gallery), Views and Re-Views includes posters, cartoons, photomontages, and postcards that span more than six decades—from the time of the Russian Civil War (1918–21) into the late Soviet period. The exhibition includes well-known Soviet graphic works, by such artists as Viktor Deni, Dmitri Moor, and El Lissitsky, as well as lesser-known, but equally compelling works.
Malcolm Grear Designers created the memorable identity and unique "look" of the exhibition, including: the invitation, brochure, website, exhibition signage and design. For over 15 years, MGD has designed all of the individual exhibition identities, promotional pieces, and exhibition signs/panels for the gallery's exhibitions.
The exhibition, on view at the David Winton Bell Gallery and the John Hay Library Gallery, runs through Oct. 19, 2008, with auxiliary selections on view at the Cogut Center for the Humanities and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library.
Please visit the official Views and Reviews, Soviet Political Posters and Cartoons online exhibition website (design by MGD).
Read the article in the Providence Journal.
April 24th is the last day to view the exhibition Inside/Outside: Process and Design, Malcolm Grear Designers in the Bannister Gallery at Rhode Island College. The gallery is open Wednesday from 11am to 5pm and Thursday from 12pm to 9pm.
In the Providence Sunday Journal (March 30), Bill Van Siclen’s in depth and insightful article covers the upcoming exhibition “Inside/Outside: Design and Process, Malcolm Grear Designers” at the Bannister Gallery.
The opening reception for “Inside/Outside: Design and Process, Malcolm Grear Designers” will be held Thursday, April 3, from 5-8pm at the Bannister Gallery. The exhibition will be on view April 3-24. The Bannister Gallery is located in Roberts Hall, Rhode Island College, 600 Mount Pleasant Avenue, Providence, RI. Regular Gallery hours are Monday-Wednesday and Friday 11am-5pm, and Thursday Noon-9pm.
Visit the Bannister Gallery web site.
Designed by Malcolm Grear Designers, the exhibit "David Macaulay: The Art of Drawing Architecture" has brought the process of drawing into the public arena. The show is on view at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC through May 8, 2008.Read More
David Macaulay: The Art of Drawing Architecture opened this weekend at The National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. This much-anticipated exhibition focuses on the fascinating creative process behind the work of acclaimed illustrator and author, David Macaulay. Malcolm Grear Designers was hired to create a comprehensive branding program for the exhibition that included: the identity for the exhibit, design of the exhibition, publication and collateral materials.